BUFFALO—For the fourth straight year, students of Erie Community College's renowned Industrial Technology Department proved their creativity to be nationally dominant.
In a field open to students from over 74, 000 schools around the country, ECC's Arthur O'Leary and Kevin Nicholls finished second and third in the Mastercam Wildest Parts Competition, a decades-old contest that challenges students enrolled in Mastercam courses to create a unique, original design using Mastercam software. And, for the fourth year in-a-row, ECC students accepted the majority of the event's collegiate awards.
Williamsville native Arthur O'Leary claimed the competition's second place award for his bearingless BMX pedals. This complex entry—featuring contour, pocket, drill, and surface toolpaths—was recognized for its quality machining, as well for its lathe spindles and exceptional workmanship. Kevin Nicholls, a North Tonawanda native, notched third place for his entry entitled, “Face Study” (pictured). The fascinating entry, which modeled a full-scale human head out of aluminum, caught judges’ attention not only for its smooth surface finishing, but also for its angled head design and level of craftsmanship—which was called “impressive.” Both winners are members of Industrial Technology's Creative Industrial Concepts club.
These awards are simply the latest victory for ECC's Industrial Technology Program. Its enrollment has surged over the past seven years, and trained graduates are now answering Western New York's dire need for skilled laborers, manufacturers and technicians.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.